Ellie Wilding thinks she's escaping a traumatic past when she arrives back in Half Moon Bay, but that history quickly catches up with her when she begins to uncover corruption and crime. Nick Lawson has a past too - one he doesn't want Ellie to find out about, because if she does, he isn't sure he's going to be able to protect her. Meanwhile, her uni friend Alex, is trying to steer her away from trouble too, but in doing so, he's putting his own life in danger to save her.
"Half Moon Bay" is the third of Helene Young's books that I've read and it doesn't disappoint. The opening sequence where Ellie lands in Afghanistan in her role as a photo journalist is described in incredible detail, without affecting the pace of the story, and sets up the rest of the novel really well.
Once again, Ms Young has developed a strong character in Ellie - sometimes with a romantic suspense novel, you're left with an overwhelming urge to slap the main character so she sees sense, but Ellie is likeable, clever and determined so you're really in the same corner as her. I wouldn't be surprised if she makes an appearance one day in another novel - she's that good.
I'm not going to say any more about the plot here as I don't want to give anything away, but I am very much looking forward to reading Helene Young's next offering due out later this year, "Safe Harbour".